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Self-Reflection

This semester, I had originally created a unit plan that my teacher assigned to me in the
grammar unit, focusing on Punctuation. I was also able to teach my unit, but I followed the same
structure my teacher used in her classroom. As I taught the unit, I realized that there werent
many instances where different teaching style was used or focused on UDL learning. It was very
structured and routine; students could guess what to expect for the next day. I was happy that I
was able to teach my unit, but there were parts I wanted to change, or introduce a different way
of teaching, so I revamped my unit plan after I taught it.
As I was following the same structure as the way it was taught in the classroom, as I
observed, I realized that I found my own unit plan boring. It seemed solely focused on
grammatical punctuation; as I was looking over my unit plan, I found nothing that I could relate
with to other topics or to real-world situations, with the style consisting of mostly notes and
exercises day after day. My teacher, wanting to lessen the workload of high school students, had
planned her way of teaching in that students are assigned practice in the textbook as classwork,
and whatever is not finished would be homework which would be checked the next day. So, the
overall grammar unit consisted of classes containing about 15 minutes for notes, 10 minutes to
go over yesterdays work, and the rest of the class time is used for exercises or practice
assignments from the textbook. However, I found this to be redundant; as I created my unit plan
following the previous structure I had observed, I felt that my lessons were the same content, just
copied five times with different topics in regards to the subject on punctuation. Yet, I did agree
with the practicing portion; I didnt want to get rid of the exercises, so I actually just changed it
to homework. With what I observed, most students usually were able to finish the assignments

before class ended or have very little left, so I knew if I had assigned it to homework, it wouldnt
be too much, rather just an hours worth of work.
So, in my ideal unit plan, I created different classroom assignments that hopefully would
keep students engaged and interested. I wanted them to see how punctuation could affect the
impact of a powerful speech, so I took some examples from Obamas speeches for them to
analyze and see for themselves. Also, instead of working individually on their classroom
assignments previously, I created a review game to let students compete in teams against one
another and see how well they understand the rules as well as helping each other out, building up
communication between the students as well as having them teach each other, having read in an
article the importance of collaborations between students as well as with the teacher (Greene,
2016). This review game I was able to utilize in my unit plan teaching with the approval of my
teacher. When I was reviewing the recording (2nd recording for education class), I was happy to
see the students actively engaged and participating, and was able to have my special needs
student be able to participate also. I do note that classroom management was a struggle in that
activity, the way the classroom was situated some students ended up being blocked by desks and
bumping among them, which reminded me the importance of placement of furniture and how to
keep the class active, but not out of control. Nevertheless, I thought this exercise review to be
something to try again in the future, seeing how the students liked it and were able to use the
knowledge theyve learned at the same time.
In addition, the next week of my unit was the two days before Thanksgiving break, so my
teacher assigned a review assignment to practice their grammar structure with punctuation by
giving the students a list of crazy headlines to choose from and to further build on the topic. I
thought this was a great way to review and also incorporated this in my unit plan as a different

way to review than doing the usual exercises assigned in the textbook; that may be done in their
own time at home.
Overall, I was very grateful and gained a lot of ideas and activities throughout this
experience, and seen how a teacher takes care of her environment, what standards are to be
followed interesting new ways to incorporate in my learning knowledge, for instance, the
innovative way of using audio recordings as feedback, observed through my own teacher at
Northpointe and through additional readings in articles (Bauer, 2011). The ideals Ive learned in
my Education class has also shaped a lot on the way I approached teaching at the beginning to
the way I view effective teaching now. Ive gained a lot on the different styles of teaching, about
the concerns of teaching, and about teaching through a Christian perspective. Attending
Northpoint Christian, having chapel every Tuesday and Thursday, made me see what their goal
of taking care of their students not just academically, but also spiritually and morally. This can
also be seen with the teachers, as I have observed my teacher asking students about their lives,
not just their homework, of leading students groups of different grades in their prayer groups as a
guide and someone to lean on. I appreciate very much for what this experience has brought me
and hope to be able to have this mindset as I seek to teach in the future.

Works Cited

Bauer, S. (2011). When I Stopped Writing on Their Papers: Accommodating the Needs
of Student Writers with Audio Comments. English Journal, 101(2), 6467.
doi:Retrieved November 27, 2016,
from http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/EJ/1012nov2011/EJ1012When.pdf

Greene, K. (2016, September). High School Matters. Collaboration, Texts, and TeamBuilding: Creating Opportunities for Conversation and Understanding, 106(1), 13-15.
Retrieved November 8, 2016,

from http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/EJ/1061_sep2016/EJ1
061HSMatters.pdf

Kinneavy, J. L., & Warriner, J. E. (1993). Elements of writing. Austin, TX: Holt,
Rinehart and Winston.

Obama Inaugural Address 20th January 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2016, from The
complete text transcripts of over 100 Barack Obama
speeches, http://obamaspeeches.com/